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't heard from the military the political turn oil has been raging in the wake of morsi's power grab that is until now. the military with a word of warning now for everyone contributing to the chaos. we have details from mid eels. >> the military is warning of disaster truss consequences if the military crisis isn't resolved. in a statement they are urging dialogue to avoid a dark tunnel. last night protests turned violent as protestors breached the walls of the presidential palace. today the egyptian military began expanding the barriers around the presidential palace building concrete walls and placing tanks and bashed wire arou -- barbed wire around the compound. morsi called for talks today from the opposition. they rejected any dialogue and refuse to do attend meetings today. they proposed a vote on a draft constitution on december 15th. they want that vote postponed. it is anti democratic and too islamic. late last night a member of the muslim brotherhood hinted that the vote could be postponed. it was a rare sign of compromise but the crisis is far from over. harris? >> just w
play the bengals in cincinnati sunday as scheduled. >> new developments in egypt. president morsi has listened to the opposition and has agreed to rescind some of the near absolute power he granted himselfs. the extra powers were set to expire next week anyway. morsi's decision comes after a rally in san francisco today. protesters don't want morsi removed from office but say his power grab is not the way a democracy should be run. >> not accepting all the new decisions by president morsi, and we want more equality for all egypt schappes, not just the muslim broughthood. >> the muslim brotherhood is morsi's political power. >>> in venezuela, hugo chavez will undergo surgery for cancer for the third time. he will go to cuba tomorrow for surgery. in february the 58-year-old president has surgery again for a tumor. chaff venezuela won re-election in october. >> a receipt from a stockton restaurant is heating up the internet. lots of people are commenting on this story. a waiter is suspended and three restaurant patients are reeling because of two little words with a big impact. fat girls
the military's barricade. president morsi attempts at talks failed this morning when few lawmakers attended and some of those actually walked out shortly after they begin. conor is live. >> political crisis in egypt continues to grow and last night it got violent as they breached the walls of the presidential palace. today was calm but preparing for more violence. egyptian military put up barriers around the presidential palace from concrete walls to putting up more barbed wire. the egyptian military appears to be taking up the role of mediator in the conflict. in a statement it warned of disastrous consequences if the crisis is not resolved. it is urging dialogue to avoid, quote, a dark tunnel. mohammed morsi has called for a day of dialogue but opposition groups rejected talks today. they walked out of meetings. the ones that bothered to show up. many didn't appear for the discussions. the egyptian opposition is demanding that a draft resolution on the constitution that is supposed to be voted on december 15th, they are demanding that vote be postponed indefinitely. they say the drafted c
>>> egypt is bracing for more demonstrations after president morsi offers nothing to calm the political crisis. >>> while in greece they held off protesters launching molotov cocktails. >>> the president is taking the fiscal cliff solution to the people. plus, a modern day five story ripped through the pages of a tom clancey novel. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for friday, december 7th, 2012. >>> good mornings,er one. i'm lynn berry. we're going to start with breaking news out of japan. a strong 7.3 earthquake has struck off the country's northeast coast beneath the sea bed. it shook buildings as far as tokyo and warnings were issued for miyagi prefecture. there's no risk for a widespread tsunami. we'll bring you the very latest. >>> elsewhere, all eyes are on cairo this morning as turmoil has once again overtaken egypt's capitol, this time in response to a political explosive power grab by the president, mohammed morsi. right now army tanks surround the presidential palace as thousands of protesters shout topple the regime, the same c
mohamed morsi is listening and will agree to rescind some of the near absolute powers he granted himself. his extra powers were scheduled to expire this week anyway, the same date a vote would be held for a new constitution. morsi's decision comes after a protest yesterday. protesters don't want morsi removed from office, but say his power grab is not the way a democracy should be run. >> i'm not accepting all the new decisions by the president morsi, and we want more equality for all egyptians, not just the muslim brotherhood. >> the muslim brotherhood is morsi's political party. morsi granted himself power to declare emergency laws and to not be accountable to the judiciary. >>> venezuelan president hugo chavez will undergo surgery for cancer for the third time. chavez says he will go to cuba today for surgery. last june he had surgery for an unspecified type of pelvic cancer. in february the 58-year-old president had surgery again for a tumor in the same area. he won re-election back in october. >>> former south african president nelson mandela is said to be comfortable had and in goo
's opposition leaders are calling for protests. morsi's refusing to meet his opponent's key demand, that he rescind a draft constitution, that will go to a referendum next saturday. there are reports that north korea may postpone a controversial rocket launch, scheduled for as early as tomorrow. it is not clear if diplomatic intervention or technical glitches are behind the delay. we have a retired four-star general and vice chief of staff to the army, general, thank you for coming. >> good to see you. >> what do you make of what is happening in north korea? they are very provocative around the hol daus, very often. the u.s. navy has moved two warships into the area. what do you make of it? >> they are vntsing their military and the pentagon and the united states military will always take that seriously. our intelligence services, of course, are trying to measure their intent. a the loof this intent has to do with their political influence in the region. they want to be on a stage that gives them prestige. from that, they usually get concessions from the south koreans. >> is this one of th
morsi relinquishing the sweeping powers he granted himself last month. the opposition against his government plans to keep protesting unless morsi also cancels a referendum coming up next saturday. the vote is on whether to adopt the draft constitution put together by morsi's islamists allies. morsi has not indicated any plans to cancel the referendum and plans to keep military forces in place through next week. >>> tomorrow mayor vincent gray will offer his proposal to change the color of d.c. taxicabs. part of an effort to modernize the city's fleet. derrick ward spoke to customers about what color they think would be best for d.c. >> reporter: d.c.'s cab industry is nothing if not colorful. of course, there are the yellow cabs which look more orange and the ecofriendly green cab that's more white than green. and where is the red, white, and blue on the patriot cab? the d.c. taxicab commission is considering rather to make things less ironic by establishing a uniform color in the city. this driver thinks maybe they should opt for day glow green. >> you can see far away. the kids
. >>> in egypt president mohamed morsi is listening and will agree to rescind some of the near absolute powers he granted himself. however, he has not delayed a referendum on a new constitution at critics wanted. his moves come after a rally in san francisco yesterday by egyptian americans. protesters don't want morsi removed from office, but say his power grab is not the way a democracy should run. >> i'm not accepting all the new decisions by the president morsi, and we want more equality for all egyptians, not just the muslim brotherhood. >> the muslim brotherhood is morsi's political party. morsi granted himself power to declare emergency laws and to not be accountable to the judiciary. >>> venezuelan president hugo chavez will undergo surgery for cancer for the third time. chavez is going to cuba today for that surgery. last june he had surgery for an unspecified type of pelvic cancer. in february the 58-year-old president had surgery again for a tumor in the same area. he won re-election back in october. >>> former south african president nelson mandela is said to be comfortable had and in
protests. at the time, critics accused mohamed morsi of a power grab and adviser to morsi says the government will push forward to a referendum on the new constitution, despite concerns from the opposition. going to go live to cairo in a few minutes here. >>> a well known islamic militant, the leader of a terror network, is locked up in egypt and there is an american connection. the fbi is working to figure out what role, if any, the man played in the attack on the consulate in libya that killed four americans including the u.s. ambassador. a full report, everything we know about this man, coming up, coming right up here on cnn. >>> congress faces a so-called fiscal cliff and only 24 days. and it is what house speaker john boehner did not say that is drawing attention tonight. when questioned by reporters yesterday, boehner would not comment on whether there is room for compromise on the president's demand for higher tax rates, on high income americans. boehner and the president spoke by phone this week, but in public comments, appear to have no -- made no progress. >>> same se
was abducted. >>> in egypt president mohamed morsi is listening and will agree to rescind some of the powers he granted himself. his extra powers were scheduled to expire this week anyway, the same date a vote would be held for a new constitution. protesters don't want morsi removed from office but say his power grab is not the way a democracy should be run. >> i'm not accepting all the new decisions by the president morsi, and we want more equality for all egyptians, not just the muslim brotherhood. >> the muslim brotherhood is morsi's political power. he granted himself power to declare emergency laws and to not be accountable to the judiciary. >>> venezuelan president hugo chavez will undergo surgery for cancer for the third time. chavez says he will go to cuba today for surgery. he had virgin for an unspecified type of pelvic cancer. in february he had surgery again for a tumor in the same area. he won re-election back in october. >>> former south african president nelson mandela is said to be comfortable had and in good care in a hospital. south african president jacob zuma visited the 94-
system. following protests by supporters of president mohamed morsi, the court went on strike and joined the judicial rebellion against morsi which began after morsi gave himself absolute authority and immunity from the judicial system. >>> after school special. why the school day will get longer the for tens of thousands of children. this is the morning news. thousands of children. this is the morning news. [ elizabeth ] i like to drink orange juice or have lemon in my water... eat tomato sauce on my spaghetti. the acidic levels in some foods can cause acid erosion. the enamel starts to wear down. and you can't grow your enamel back. i was quite surprised, as only few as four exposures a day what that can do to you. it's quite a lesson learned. my dentist recommended that i use pronamel. because it helps to strengthen the enamel. he recommended that i use it every time i brush. you feel like there is something that you're doing to help safeguard against the acid erosion. and i believe it's doing a good job. five days later, i had a massive heart attack. bayer aspirin was the first thing
of president morsi and his supporters and shifting away from the opposition factions behind us and the president's opponents. this morning, egypt's top court was set to rule on the constitutionality of president morsi's decrees last week and the constitutionality of this special panel that drafted the constitution. they released a statement saying they canceled the hearing after pro-morsi demonstrators, supporters of the president, surrounded the courthouse. it's not clear if or when this hearing is going to be rescheduled, but now it seems the road is a little more clear. the stage is set for the president to get his way, for this nationwide referendum to take place on december 15th. opposition factions behind us say they've been squeezed out of this process. they're concerned that an islamist islam ist dominated government down the road could deny them rights. if people don't like it, randi, they can go out to the ballot boxes and vote no. >> it soundsike that the judges in putting this off perhaps they don't feel safe. >> reporter: well, it was a tense situation this morning
of egyptian president mohammed morsi. those against morsi holding a raldy at the same time and the same place and those much smaller and calmer than what we've seen in egypt, well, obviously and thankfully. in that country today. the top court suspended the work indefinitely in what the judges are calling a protest against psychological and physical pressures and that's the latest development in response to the power grab in put himself above the constitutional committee, above the lauf. and steve, where do things stand now with that constitutional court. >> reporter: harris, you have the unusual situation here in cairo of the highest court in the country, the supreme constitutional court. and right now, its judges are basically afraid to go in to work. they say they're psychologically and physically intimidated by the crowd that was around that courthouse this morning and they did not go to the courthouse or carry out their work. and the suspension one week after the president of this country said any act he issues is final, not subject to the courts. so, within a week, we really have a cou
where there are new developments in the power struggle that started with p mohamed morsi's grab for new powers. we're there with details. ayman, we got word there were some considerations there to issue a new koconstitutional declaration of some sort. what can you tell us about all this? >> reporter: sure. it's important to set what triggered these protests two weeks ago, a constitutional declaration by president morsi that was seen as a power grab, gave him sweeping powers through the transitional period. it triggered protests. one of the central demands of the protesters and the opposition to the president has been that he rescind that dec e decree. for the past several days the p president has been trying to figure out a way to kind of minimize the scope of that decree. i has not worked. it has not pleased the opposition. today he met with some of the opposition forces, and what we're learning from egyptian state television, an official government news source, is that the prime minister has suggested that the president is considering a new constitutional declaration and perhaps in l
there a day after angry protestors force the president, president morsi to leave the presidential palace. now he's back, and the stage is set for a new confrontation. we are going to talk about what this all means for us here at home. plus, the tv show that got this guy so fired up cops say he shot his girlfriend. well now he's charged with attempted murder. we'll tell you more about that story next. [ male announcer ] are you considering a new medicare plan? then you may be looking for help in choosing the right plan for your needs. so don't wait. call now. whatever your health coverage needs, unitedhealthcare can help you find the right plan. are you looking for something nice and easy? a medicare advantage plan can give you doctor, hospital and prescription drug coverage all in one plan... for nothing more than what you already pay for part b. you'll also have the flexibility to change doctors from a network of providers dedicated to helping you stay healthy. call now to learn more. unitedhealthcare has the information you need so you'll be better prepared when making medicare decisions. m
the compound in the post. left while it was going on. aids said it was the end of a working day. mr. morsi did not flee. he does not live inside the compound. [ inaudible ] next up for the country is a referendum december 15. the nation will vote on a constitution, the draft of which has been bitterly criticized like something that was rushed through and favors islamist parties. it's likely that morsi supporters from the muslim brotherhood will push hard to get out a yes vote and get out the vote in general. it's not clear at this point whether the opposition will vote nowhere no. or abstain. president morsi got a boost today. he has been battling with the judges. today, supreme judiciary council said they would oversee the referendum. this gives a new constitution air of legitimacy and a blow for the opposition. bret, back to you. >> bret: steve harrigan live in cairo. steve, thank you. iran says it has captured another u.s. drone. iranian tv showed an image that said was aircraft that entered the air space over the persian gulf. both the u.s. navy and c.i.a. insist it's not one of theirs. ot
in reaction to of president morsi's continued referendum on an islamist based constitution. and demonstrators pouring into the street demanding that vote scheduled for this coming saturday to be canceled and calling for another massive rally tomorrow, they have he' been doing that for days now and for his part. president morsi apparently issuing an order for the military to maintain security until after the results of that referendum. remember, we wondered if the military would get involved. that order set to take effect tomorrow, also, gives soldiers the right to arrest civilians. just yesterday, we reported on fox report under intense pressure, morsi revoked most of that from late last month that put him above the law with that huge power grab. he did not give into one of the opposition's biggest demands to put off that referendum and krit six hacriti concerns and whether they will be protected against any future power plays by the muslim brotherhood. and concerns about religious freedom in at that country and one of the reasons many christian egyptians now are seeking asylum inside the u.s
libya. >>> in egypt, president mohamed morsi is pushing forward with talks he hopes will end the political crisis in the country, but the opposition is calling for a boycott of the meeting. at least six people are dead after protests turned de eed vi after the last few days. they're protesting against the president and the new constitution. they say he's giving himself too much power, but morsi said the powers are only tempry and will become void when the new constitution is adopted. >> a hospital that employed a nurse who was fooled by a hoax. the nurse apparently killed herself friday after divulging confident information about prince william's wife to deejays from an australian radio station. in a statement, the hospital said it was extremely foolish and appalling to make a broadcast the call. britain's royal family has also expressed sadness over the incident. >>> a vip visitor today for mulaw malala who was wounded on her way back home from school in september. they went to queen elizabeth hospital in birmingham, england, where malala is recovering. mr. zudare wanted to
but in republican primaries across the country. >>> egyptian president mohamed morsi is not backing down. demonstrators continue to protest his decision to declare his laws above judicial review. morsi addressed the nation thursday and refused to delay a referendum on the country's new constitution set for next week. >>> the united states is closely monitoring the syrian army. defense secretary leon panetta says intelligence reports showed syrian military could be preparing chemical weapons to use against its own people. the united states has been reluctant to use military force to depose president assad and is still trying to find a diplomatic resolution to the fighting. secretary of state hillary clinton met with her russian counterpart thursday to discuss the matter. russia remains one of syria's strongest allies. >>> licenses for same-sex marriage are being issued in maryland now. just a few couples picked them up around the state but they have to wait till at least 12:01 on new year's day for the actual ceremony. karen and her partner of 29 years, this was a big milestone. >> so exc
is calling for more protests today. this comes after president mohamed morsy rescinded a decree that gave him near absolute power. however, morsy is going a constitution adopted by his islamist allies. so now, the 'national salvation front' is calling for a demonstration against that referendum. venezuelan >> president hugo chavez will return to cuba today after announcing that his cancer has returned. chavez says he'll undergo more surgery. the 58-year-old president said tests show the return of malignant cells in the pelvic area where tumors were first removed. chavez won re-election in october. he said for the first time yesterday that if his health were to worsen, his successor would be venezuela's vice president. outside this morning. power is back on for 19- hundred p-g-and-e customers a live look outside. a beautiful day in the san jose south bay. (music) here you go little man. [ humming ] [ babbling ] the cheerios bandit got you again? [ both laugh ] ♪ the one and only, cheerios ...and now... you! [ giggles ] ♪ the one and only, cheerios >> welcome back, 8:14. breezy but we are
of their demand. egyptian president mohammed morsi agreed to rescind the sweeping powers he ordered last month, but opponents want him to go even further, rescinding a draft constitution that is going to referendum on december 15. >>> in syria, rebel commanders are hoping to improve the unity in bringing down president assad's regime by creating a joint leadership. the new group consists of a 30-member elected council and in a move that could mean support from the west, two of the most extreme fighting groups in syria were not invited to the meeting in turkey. . >>> and now to fox 5 follow-up. pressure is mounting in london for two australian radio hosts to be removed from the air, this after a nurse who was tricked by the hosts' prank call committed suicide. jacintha saldanha was found near the hospital on friday. friends and family believe it was from stress of the call. the station's chief executive says while they are devastated about the news, they did nothing, quote, illegal. >> this is a tragic event. these people are human beings. we are all affected by this. there is no straightforwar
] >> chanting that egypt is for all, is a message demonstrators are sending from the u.s. to president morsi them group gathered to express opposition to his power grab of the supreme court. the government is working on a new constitution that opponents field is tilted too much toward islamic law. >> time to get a check of the weekend weather. >> leigh: a dry day for the bay area today. beautiful shots from our high definition cam, showing you the beautiful sunset, and behind me live doppler 7hd showing you high encloseds -- clouds moving across the bay area. no rain, but it did make for a beautiful sunset, and some of that fog that developed in the castro valley area made its way toward the bay area. earlier this morning, and you can see on our closeup satellite, these are the high clouds over us now. but earlier this morning we had quite a bit of dense fog and some of that rotated back towards the delta. so, more than likely see that again tonight. as we head through the course of today, by this afternoon, some high clouds continuing to go to the north and this will move in overnight tonig
, backdown in egypt. in the face of protestes, president morsi links and ksncels a decree that gave him road emergency powers. automobile sales are on a roll with the price at the pump on everybody's mind. john blackstone on how green machines are picking up speed. america is losing its country doctors. barry peterson shows us how one medical school might have a cure. >> i want to treat someone and i want to treat their kids and i want to treat their kids. >> dubois:
's presidential palace. according to the reporting of the associated press the egyptian president mohammed morsi had to sneak out the back door to avoid the crowding. this is a live look at demonstrations in cairo. hundreds of thousands have gathered night after night. rallying against president morsi's recent power grab. allies draft constitution one which would help him tighten his grip on power. earlier tonight it was far more chaotic. this was the scene outside that palace. police fired tear gas to try to break up the crowd. some reportedly chanted freedom or death. others down with the sons of dogs. they say they are not going anywhere unless and until the president cancels his plans to place himself above the law. steve hair tan live for news cairo. steve? >> shepard, this is really a new tactic for the opposition protesters. instead of simply staying here in tahrir square and chanting they went on offensive tonight toward the presidential palace. they got right to the compound walls until being tear gassed. it was reenergized the opposition. we have seen increase in recent days now they a
on cnn. >>> morsi grabs sweeping powers. opposition leaders call his move a farce. reza sayah is in cairo with more. >> morsi can certainly argue he made concession to the opposition, but the opposition rejecting the argument. one opposition figure calling the president's movie a joke. let's give you some background and explain what the president did on saturday. there are two red-button issues that really outraged the opposition and really sparked the protest that we've seen in egypt over the past two and a half weeks. one was the set of controversial decrees he announced last month that gave him additional powers, made him immune from the judiciary until a parliament was formed. and then you had the draft constitution. the opposition said this constitution was drafted by a panel that squeezed out the liberal voices, the moderate voices. the opposition demanded the president to annul and cancel the decrees and the constitution or at least postpone the nationwide vote on the constitution. on saturday night, the president agreed to annul the decrease. here's the announcement made after a l
the world this morning, a turnaround by egypt's president mohammad morsi. the leader announced he would annul a controversial decree that granted him sweeping powers. however, he's not backing down on a referendum on a draft scheduled for next weekend. >> egypt's vice president, flanked by notable figures, announced that president morsi rescinded a controversial degree. today president morsi met with members of opposition in an attempt to defuse the fallout from the decree that granted him sweeping powers. the president insisted a referendum on the draft will go ahead as planned next saturday. tonight the president said if the constitution is not approved next week, he will order the public to directly elect a new constituent assembly to write another constitution for the country. egyptian sources tell nbc news a man with links to -- the alleged leader of a militant cell involved in the attack that killed four americans on september 11 in benghazi. nbc news, cairo. >> venezuelan president hugo chavez is back in cuba for more treatment of cancer that has recurred. he announced he will ha
there are breaking developments 24 hours after the muslim brotherhood and president morsi pushed through a constitution. tahrir square swelling with now protesters adding to those crowds. the president says the constitution is meant to protect the revolution but critics say it undermines basic freedoms, takes away rights to women. we are seeing new tactics. what are they doing? >> reporter: that's right, martha. we expect the opposition to try something new today to move here from tahrir square and march towards the presidential palace. it's a move that does have some risks. there could be conflicts with riot police who are lining the routes. they set up barbed wire. this will be a test of the opposition numbers. we have seen their numbers decline the past week but they could be energized by this attempted march on the palace. martha: we remember it was a close elect between the morsi supporters and the mainstream presidential candidate. we see them trying to find some balance in egypt and the struggle that came up with the judges over this constitution. what happened with that, steve? >
palace. it's a risky move that could cause conflict of supporters of mohammed morsi. the riot police seem to have the protestors bottled up in the square. the goal to march on the presidential palace failed today for the opposition. jenna: the question is whether we are headed toward potentially more violence in the streets. we'll keep an eye on what is happening in the streets today. jon: high levels of a deadly gas forced the evacuation of an elementary school forcing dozen of students to the hospital. an update on that story moments away jon: potentially deadly levels of carbon monoxide at an atlantiat atlanta elementary school. >> reporter: there is no law in the state of georgia that requires schools or buildings to install carbon monoxide detectors. this is an invisible gas that can be very, very dangerous when it's found in high levels, and so this happened at a school outside of atlanta, they were fixing a faulty boiler, the boiler went bad causing the carbon monoxide fumes to seep into the school. over 40 kids and seven adults were all sickened because of this. taken to a hospita
to judicial reviews. president mohamed morsi said it will go forward as planned on december 15th. >> free, free, egypt. >> a protest over the president was held in washington d.c. this weekend. yesterday a group of people marched and chanted in front of the white house in opposition to his controversial decree. it was held after days of demonstrations in cairo. >>> they were prepare to protest. automobile workers will be in lansing on tuesday to allow them to stop paying union dues. it will be devastating to collective bargaining and rights. it comes after a similar rally outside michigan governor's rick snyder's office. >> this legislation is not about anything except an attack on worker's right and what we fought for for generations. >> the right to work legislation could be signed into law as soon as next week. >>> california is anticipating a possible shortage of teachers. they have seen a 30% drop in the number of people getting teaching credentials. researchers say they blame the slow job markets andial pink slips for would be teachers. the state began early kindergarten next year a
leaders. >> gregg: peter, thanks. >> heather: tensions rightsing in egypt after president morsi withdraws part of a controversial decree but refuses referendum on new constitution and triggering new protests across cairo the live images you are looking at here near the presidential palace. earlier in the day, thousands of people taking to the streets to demand the fall of the regime. president saying that the referendum is necessary to complete the transition to democracy. >> gregg: syrian rebels linked to al-qaeda iraq capturing an army post in the north. to force loyal to the north on the outskirts of damascus. the fighting in syria spilling over into neighboring lebanon. supporters and opponents of assad exchanging fire there. four people have been kill and a dozen wounded. >>> on violent end to a standoff at a fast-food restaurant. sacramento police and swatted teams surrounding this jack-in-the-box yesterday. investigators say that a suspect held two female hostages inside for at least three hours. one of the women reportedly escaped on her own and according to reports, officers dete
president mohamed morsi, despite a surprising change of mind by the country's leader. morsi said yesterday he is anulling a controversial decree that gave him complete power over the country's judges. however he said a referendum on a draft constitution with will go otherwise lan next weekend. dmont straig morsi's actions also sparked protests here in our area. dozens of people marched from the white house to the egyptian embassy yesterday. they say they want a separation of church and state, and people of all religions should feel safe. >> he has drafted a constitution for his people and for himself. and we're here to protest against that. we want a constitution for everybody in egypt. we want a constitution for the muslims, for the christians and every single citizen in egypt. >> many of the protesters say they are not even from our area. >>> the top of command on the u.s. forces in afghanistan says the joint forces planned, rehearsed and successfully rescued the doctor in afghanistan. wednesday insurgents abducted him outside the afghan capital. general john allen says joseph will be re
values of the year. this is the pursuit of perfection. >>> egyptian president mohamed morsi, his announcement that he will back off from a controversial edict granting himself sweeping new powers, is not calming the opposition. protesters gathered again today calling for nationwide protests tuesday. there's word islamist groups plan to stage a rival demonstration the same day. anti-government protesters are furious morsi don't delay the constitutional referendum scheduled for saturday. critics say it was drafted by an islamist-dominated assembly that squeezed out liberal and moderate voices. >>> pressure cranked up on bashar al assad. secretary of state hillary clinton will attend a meeting where most attending countries already see the rebels in syria as a legitimate representative of the people. shelling and street fighting killed more than 130 people on one day alone this weekend. syrian rebel fighters now have control of the country's biggest city, aleppo. the people there have something new to fear now, something as frightening as civil war. cnn's arwa damon is there. >> rep
, president mohammed morsi left the palace. ever since the revolution that captivated the world, egypt has struggled on the road to democracy. two weeks ago president morsi gave himself unchecked powers he says to put egypt on a democratic path. there was outrage on tahrir square. we were there. no one here believes morsi when he says the powers are just temporary. they say they traded one tyrant for another. then a surprise. morsi's allies rushed through a new constitution. critics say it could make egypt more islamic and doesn't do enough to guarantee freedom, including women. egyptians will have a chance to vote on the new constitution in two weeks. protesters could boycott. but for now it looks like it will go ahead and the president may very well get his way. alex marquardt, abc news, jerusalem. >>> and back here at home looking frail and in a wheelchair, former senator bob dole made a surprise appearance on capitol hill. dole was just released from the hospital a week ago, and he visited the senate to push for passage of a u.n. treaty, guaranteeing rights for the disabled, but even h
: from egypt, president morsi rescinded a decree he issued last month that hugely expands his powers. the decree gave the president the power to make laws not subject to judicial reviews and following last night's protests, the egyptian military started to expand the barriers around the compound. >>> in venezuela president hugo chavez announced his casper has returned and plans to return to cuba for more surgery. it was just yesterday that chavez returned to caracas after undergoing treatment in havana. . >>> and in qatar, u.s. climate talks today ended with what some delegates call a watershed agreements. delegates from 200 nations established that rich nations should move towards compensating poor nations for losses due to climate change. negotiations now move towards drafting a will you legally binding agreement to replace the kyoto protocol. the u.s. has never signed onto that agreement. >>> well it took 69 years, but a christmas letter from a mother to her military son is finally arrived. listen as he describes how she signed it. >> she says merry christmas and happy new year,
this morning despite a major concession by the president morsi. he said that he will give up some of those powers that he recently grabbed. the country will go ahead with a new vote. opposition groups are calling for more protests, saying he did not go far enough. >>> venezuelan president hugo chavez said that he has cancer and it's returned. he'll head to cuba for a third surgery. for the first time he has named a successor, if he can no longer lead that country. he picked his vice president. >>> and the college football phenom known as johnny football has earned a new nickname. johnny heisman. texas a&m quarterback johnny manziel, becoming the first of ever college freshman to ever win the prestigious award. that happened last night. his speech moving his parents to tears. >> i just want to thank you for the encouragement, the love and the patience over the years. grandpa, it's all the times we used to play in the hallway, i love you with all my heart and you inspired me to play football, and to grandma, i'm sorry for all of the things that we broke in the house. >> i know that feeling.
constitution he approved. opponents say morsi cut them out of the process. chavez says his cancer has returned and needs immediate surgery. he has been undergoing treatment in cuba. his doctors recently did tected more malignant cells which means more surgery and an uncertain presidency. patrick is joining us, this announcement has a sense of urgency to it, what do you know? >> we having some difficulty? all right, we just lost him. we'll get back with them when we get that signal back. >>> meanwhile, when you hear the term fiscal cliff, you probably think about higher taxes, right? could it also have an impact on what we eat? first, a very good morning to washington dc, a foggy start on this sunday, december 9th.si eenx a month! okay, come with me -- we're gonna save you money. with straight talk at walmart, you get unlimited talk, text and data for only $45 a month per one. would we get the same coverage? same coverage on america's best networks. you saved $146.76 by switching to straight talk. awesome! now you can afford to share your allowance with me. get the season's hottest smartphones
. >>> and now, the growing unrest in egypt this morning. in clashes between supporters of president morsi and those who oppose him. opponents vow that more protests will take place. and unless the constitution drafted by morsi's islamist allies is rescinded. morsi is expected to speak to the nation today. >>> here at home now just 26 days to go for president obama and congressional republicans to reach a deal avoiding the fiscal cliff. mr. obama and house speaker john boehner took a step yesterday, speaking about the standoff on the phone. i guess at least they weren't texting, right? while the details of their chat remain private, both men continued to talk past each other in public. >> let's allow higher rates to go up for the top 2%. >> there are ways to limit deductions, close loopholes, and have the same people pay more, more of their money to the federal government, without raising tax rates, which we believe will harm our economy. >> treasury secretary tim geithner also weighed in yesterday saying the president is willing to allow the nation to go over the cliff if republicans don'
in egypt, mohamed morsi is rescind iing h new law. >>> a new report says new york routinely ignored warning to prepare for a catastrophic hurricane. the warning started back in 1978 when a law was passed requiring the creation of a disaster plan. never happened. largely because of tight budgets or the lack of political drive to prepare for a storm many thought would never hit. it hit. >>> he said he always thought he'd be the next college baseball player. turned out the guy loves football. johnny manziel is the first freshman to win the heisman trophy. he took the top honors saturday night after a record-breaking debut including an upset victory against number one alabama back in november. >>> finally, santa's elves may have competition in japan. penguins at an aquarium have taken on the role of santa's little helpers. in the evening they have the special task of switching on the christmas lights, but before you get excited, by day, all they do is lounge around and do little to nothing so basically it's sort of their civic duty to do the whole lights thing. that is the news. back to erica a
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